The Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry – the importance of live-streams

On the importance of the public being able to see senior managers and executives held to account, and why the format of follow-up questions needs to be extended to more areas of politics “How is that even possible?!?” The reaction of one of the fire fighters heading straight towards the towering inferno of Grenfell Tower.Continue reading “The Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry – the importance of live-streams”

The case for a North Cambridge Arts Centre

It’s not just that the population size has grown since the opening of The Junction in 1990 following the East Road Riots of the mid-1980s. I’m writing this in the assumption that there will be a solution to the Covid-19 crisis and that the restrictions we’re currently living under will not become the norm inContinue reading “The case for a North Cambridge Arts Centre”

G-Brown converts to localism?

Former Prime Minister calls for a citizens’ convention as a starting point for overhauling the governance of the UK. So why didn’t he bring this in when he was Chancellor or Prime Minister? Some of you may remember G-Brown. Actually, given the past few occupants of 10 Downing Street, Gordon Brown comes out as aContinue reading “G-Brown converts to localism?”

Planning, Art and Placemaking in a rapidly-growing Cambridge

The suggestion came from Cambridge-based architect Tom Foggin. Perhaps we should try and organise a discussion around Planning, Art and Placemaking…? Timely with the Planning White Paper consultation! @RIBACambridge @CFCICambridge @RTPIEastofEng @ACarpenDigital @MsHilaryCox https://t.co/gwmjUdoNOH — Tom Foggin 🏳️‍🌈 (@tfoggin) October 15, 2020 This was in response to a ‘provocation paper’ by the Town and CountryContinue reading “Planning, Art and Placemaking in a rapidly-growing Cambridge”

A Cambridge local history social innovation challenge for university students

One of the features of the local history community in and around Cambridge is the older age profile compared with other communities of interest. This inevitably raises significant challenges when it comes to sustaining that interest and having continuity with future generations – even more so in the face of a decade of austerity inContinue reading “A Cambridge local history social innovation challenge for university students”

When will this be over? Something more of us are asking.

This is what the 20thC world wars must have felt like There are a couple of student mental health nurses I’ve started following in recent weeks as the toll on our collective mental health continues to rise. Some of those cases have inevitably been in Cambridge with a spike announced only a few hours ago.Continue reading “When will this be over? Something more of us are asking.”

Samantha Jane Davies MBE – for services to the community in Queen Edith’s, Cambridge – esp during CoVID19

It’s official The media embargo on the list from Cabinet Office was lifted late last night. If you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their work in their community, you can nominate them. See Cabinet Office here. And a thoroughly well-deserved honour it is. To get an idea of the work she undertookContinue reading “Samantha Jane Davies MBE – for services to the community in Queen Edith’s, Cambridge – esp during CoVID19”

Solo living in a pandemic is not fun – and now the cinemas are going

Hannah Miller of ITN gave a textbook example of how to interview an under-pressure minister. She had clearly done her homework. The Prime Minister had not. See the link here if above does not play. I’m not going to pretend to be a regular cinema goer. I never have been, though I have in adulthoodContinue reading “Solo living in a pandemic is not fun – and now the cinemas are going”

Cambridge needs to overhaul how it publicises commissioned reports on the city

…and that goes for the county as well. This moan (because that’s what it is) is about expensive reports being commissioned by organisations, presented at a meeting, and then left to gather digital dust on virtual shelves. While I don’t expect the general public to read the reports or the meeting papers concerned in depthContinue reading “Cambridge needs to overhaul how it publicises commissioned reports on the city”

“How should England be governed?” asks a Commons Select Committee

TL:DR – Launch a Royal Commission to crowdsource the answers. This is what the House of Commons Select Committee on Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs is asking. How should England be governed? We have launched an inquiry into English devolution. If you have views on how the different parts of England and England as aContinue reading ““How should England be governed?” asks a Commons Select Committee”